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Yorkshire judge becomes first female president of UK's highest court

Lady Hale has become the first female president of the Supreme Court. Credit: PA

A Yorkshire-born judge has been sworn in as the first female president of the UK's highest court.

Lady Hale's appointment to the Supreme Court's top role was announced in a statement from Downing Street in July, guaranteeing her a place in the history books.

A long-standing champion of diversity in the judiciary, the 72-year-old became the first woman justice of the court in October 2009, and was appointed deputy president in June 2013.

She was applauded at today's ceremony, which marks the beginning of the new legal year.

Lady Hale (right) has become the first female president of the Supreme Court. Credit: PA

One of three daughters, Lady Hale came from a family of teachers and was educated at the Richmond High School for Girls before studying at Girton College, Cambridge.